I waited to rant about the infuriating case of honour student Shawn Soucy’s expulsion from school, hoping that sanity would prevail and Quebec’s Riverside School Board would reverse its decision, but no such luck.
The 16-year-old student from Heritage Regional High School in St. Hubert was expelled midway through his final year after accidentally leaving a small pocketknife in his backpack following morning chores on the family farm.
Despite his explanation, educrats stuck to their decision based on “zero tolerance” policy -- meaning, “common sense” need not apply.
In addition to getting expelled, Shawn and his mom were also barred from the student trip to Europe costing them $1,400 in cancellation fees. I guess the school board considered them potential terrorists, what with that pocketknife and all.
This is beyond stupid.
Suspending Shawn didn’t make the school safer, because the school was never in danger.
Have you noticed how school board progressives cling to zero-tolerance rules with no leeway for even good students, yet people of the same political ilk go apoplectic when it comes to mandatory minimum sentences in the criminal justice system?
Last month, the Supreme Court ruled mandatory minimums for repeat drug traffickers unconstitutional. So much for the Truth in Sentencing Act implemented by the Harper Conservatives, the tough on crime legislation now being dismantled by the judiciary.
And so, in Shawn’s case we have another example of how zero tolerance makes zero sense, and how so many of the people we entrust to teach our children are just so damn stupid.